New bikes and goodies are trickling in every day. Here’s a short list of some of the cool stuff we’ll be testing and reviewing the next few weeks at BikeRadar:
Felt F1X cyclo-cross bike
For road riders looking to escape the pavement, the US$1,450 Felt F1X cyclo-cross bike is a good alternative to a standard mountain bike.
It’s been said anyone with a hint of bike-handling skills can commandeer any bike off road, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see more `cross bikes on fire roads and semi-technical dirt trails.
We received the 20.6-pound Felt F1X on a warm mid-November morning, and within 30 minutes were ready to ride. At first glance, the workmanship, assembly and product spec were spot-on, and once the Crankbrother Candy pedals were installed, it was easy to dial in the fit and prepare for the trails.
Adidas Race SL road shoes
Proper fitting and reliable performance road shoes are hard to find, and sometimes there are diamonds in the rough. The US$175 Adidas Race SL shoes are light (313g) and use a thin aluminium/carbon sole. A few hundred miles have convinced me that the German company has put its best foot forward for 2008.
Schwinn World Street
Hydroformed aluminium transportation and commuter 700c-wheeled bikes with mudguards, disc brakes and racks are becoming the norm, and the US$650 Schwinn World Street is a pretty impressive effort for the 113-year-old company.
Roval Roubaix 322X touring wheelset
The 1550g/pair Roubaix 322X wheelset from Roval uses a unique carbon-bodied front hub with 24 DT Aerolite butted spokes laced to a 19mm wide seamless alloy rim. The bright red CNC-machined rear hub uses Swiss internals, mating its 30 DT Aerolite spokes to the same alloy rim. The US$1,050 wheelset will make its way onto our upcoming titanium Lynskey sportive road bike test this month.
Specialized S-Works Body Geometry road shoes
Heralded as the lightest (250g) production road shoe with a mechanical closure, the ’08 S-Works BG road shoe combines a carbon sole, engineered footbed technology, and the cool Boa rotary closure to create an almost slipper-like road shoe for US$280. Three rides have already proven sublime.
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